Advisory Board January 2008 Activity

In accordance with the BLET Bylaws, summaries of BLET Advisory Board members' activities are published monthly:

National President Don M. Hahs-National Division office: General supervision of BLET activities; General office duties; National Symposium on Peer Prevention Program-CSX, Jacksonville, Fla.

First Vice-President & Alternate President Edward W. Rodzwicz- Assisted President in general operation of National Division Office; Various correspondence & phone calls; U.S.-Mexico cross border committee; Vacation & holidays.

National Secretary-Treasurer William C. Walpert-General supervision of BLET financial, record depts.; ND office; BLET Education & Training Dept.; Internal Organizing, Mobilizing & Strategic Planning Dept.; Safety Task Force; Meetings with vendors and financial institutions; Standard Building operations oversight; Rail Conference policy mtg., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; LM-2 Filers Secretary-Treasurer workshop, University of Wisconsin, Champaign, Ill.

Vice-President Paul T. Sorrow-Assigned to CSX, NS and GTW general committees of adjustment; Assist CSX-Northern Lines at mtg. w/ Division 937 and CSXT-Chicago Division officers; Assist Eastern Lines with various issues, including mtg. w/ Labor Relations; Assisted Western Lines with various issues, including but not limited to dispute resolution; Assisted Grand Trunk GCA with issues as called upon by General Chairman; Work on PLB cases, correspondence, telephone calls; Vacation & holidays.

Vice-President Richard K. Radek- ND Office; BLET Decertification Helpline services; Director of Arbitration Dept; National Railroad Adjustment Board (NRAB); Illinois Central; Wisconsin Central; Indiana Harbor Belt; METRA; Belt Rwy. of Chicago; Chicago Central & Pacific; Iowa, Chicago & Eastern; Tentative C.B.A. and agreed to Q&A's, CN/WC, Schiller Park, Ill.; Various NRAB arbitration, Chicago; Chicago Federation of Labor, re: State funding of transit, Metra, Chicago; DLC issues, grievances, mtgs. re: Progressing to arbitration, IHB, Chicago/Hammond, Ind.; Routine office duties, Cleveland; SBA 1157 arbitration, Union RR; Tentative agreement, CN/WC, Green Bay, Wisc.; Assistance, re: Under-employment and seniority issues, CN/WC, Green Bay; NRAB pre-hearing case screenings, Chicago; Teleconference, NMB-Hoglander, re: Experimental expedited arbitration project; Tour of classroom facilities for Local/General Chairmen training, Madison, Wisc.

Vice-President Dale McPherson - CP Rail; Port. Term. RR; Longview Portland & Northern; Longview Switching Co.; Indiana RR; W&LE RR; Utah Railroad; UP Eastern Dist.; UP former CNW; DM&IR RR; Portland & Western RR; Great Western RR; Appalachian & Ohio RR; Public Law Boards 5604, 5681, 5721, 6040, 6281, 6449, 6558, 6589; SBA 585; UP work/rest projects; RSAC positive train control cmte.; National wage/rules; General office duties, correspondence, phone; Mtgs. w/ UP management and UP General Chairmen, Los Angeles and Tucson, Ariz.; Mtgs. w/ UP General Chairmen, re: Scope rule; Mtgs. w/ UP General Chairmen, Edelstein Section 4 notice.

Vice-President Merle W. Geiger Jr.- Assigned to: BLET Trainmen's Department; Kansas City Southern; Gateway Western; Midsouth Rail; Southrail; Texas-Mexican Rwy.; Springfield Terminal, Delaware & Hudson; Indiana & Ohio RR; Louisville & Indiana RR; St. Lawrence & Atlantic RR; Indiana Southern RR; Montreal, Maine and Atlantic RR; Contract mtgs. w/ GC Twombly and MMA, Bangor, Maine; Contract mtgs. w/ GC Pabst and I&O, Cincinnati, Ohio; Mtgs. w/ GC Parker and KCS, Kansas City, Mo.; Mtgs. w/ GC Parker and Division 527, Kansas City and Pittsburg, Kan.; Holiday; Research, correspondence and general office duties.

Vice-President Stephen D. Speagle-Assigned to Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Montana Rail Link, Pacific Harbor Line, Missouri & Northern Arkansas (M&NA), National Wage/Rule Committee; Wabash Hospital mtg.; Division 75 Christmas dinner, Kansas City; Wabash luncheon, mtg., Decatur; ETMS train ride, Fort Worth, Texas; Travel; Vacation & holidays.

Vice-President E.L. "Lee" Pruitt - Assisted general chairmen & members of: UP-Western Lines; UP-Western Region; UP-Central Region; UP-Southern Region; UP-Tacoma Belt; Assisting GC Rightnowar, NY Dock negotiations, UPCR; Assisting GC Gore, ebb & flow negotiations, UPSR; Assisting GC Hannah, marking rest dispute, UPWL; Assisting GC Hannah & LC Loudermilk, Division 126 meeting, UPWL; Office work, paper work, filing and calls; Vacation & holidays.

Vice-President & National Legislative Representative John P. Tolman - Assigned to BLET Washington, D.C. office; BLET Security Officer; General office duties, telephone, correspondence; Coordinate content of NLO website; Continued coordination w/ IBT Government Affairs Dept.; Coordinated PAC contributions; Teamsters' state lobbyist conference call; Mtg. w/ NS Divisions, Toledo, Ohio; Interviews for Office Administrator position; Mtgs. w/ various members of congress, including Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Jean Schmidt (R-OH), Candice Miller (R-MI), Wayne Gilchrest(R-MD), Howard Coble (R-NC), Robin Hayes (R-NC), Charles Dent (R-PA), Tim Johnson (R-IL) and Jim Gerlach (R-PA); Mtg. w/ Senate Commerce Committee staff to discuss S. 1889; Various fundraisers.

Vice-President Marcus J. Ruef - Assigned to Amtrak Long Island Railroad; Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority; New Jersey Transit; Port Authority Trans Hudson; Norfolk Southern (Northern Lines/W&LE); Norfolk Southern (Eastern Lines); Norfolk Southern (Southern Lines); Union Railroad (URR); Allegheny Ludlum Steel Co.; and Birmingham Southern; Draft discipline letter for Div. 79, NS-E; Prep for PLB 1157, URR; Assist GC Martin, re: Seniority, NYS&W; Prep. and hearing for SBA 1063, NS-N, Norfolk, Va.; Draft submissions for SBA 1063, NS-N; Prepare dissent to PLB 7068, NS-S; Prep. SBA 1157, URR; Research, paperwork, correspondence, phone calls; Research deadheading issue, minor discipline cases, resolve referee travel problem with NMB.




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